Sunderland City Council leader holds seat as local election results come in Sunderland City Council election 2015. Paul Watson. 14 Have your say SUNDERLAND City Council election results have begun coming in, with the leader’s ward the first to declare. Paul Watson comfortably held his Pallion ward with 1804 votes. Ukip’s Ian Palace was second with 1012 votes.•Follow our live blog for more.